Must Read Books for Every Twenty-Something

I love to read. Ok...this sounds like the opening line of the world’s most boring blog post. But stick with me. I didn’t always love to read. Really its only in the last three years that I’ve found this little hobby of mine.

I’ll give you some background. Three years ago, my mom bought me an iPad mini for Christmas. I literally did not know what to do with the thing. I had an iPhone, so I wasn’t exactly sure why I had wanted a (slightly) larger version of an iPhone. I putzed around with it. Downloaded some cool apps (that I very well could’ve downloaded on my iPhone) and that was that.

That is, until I found iBooks. Never did I think this would be the beginning of my love affair with reading. All of my book reports growing up were based on Spark Notes and reading the back cover. But this was different. It was so easy to buy books and carry them around! Literally, one click!

So I perused the top charts list in the app and downloaded Fifty Shades Darker. How profound. I don’t think I have to explain this one, but this series was the first (and only) fiction I’ve read in my adult life. But it got me reading.

After I spent nearly all night reading (thanks to the inverted night-time setting) I was hooked. From there I turned from fiction to self-help, comedic memoirs, dating guides (ahem, Not Your Mother’s Rules—to my single girls, go read it.) and women in business.

I’m like a reading machine these days, just working my way to becoming a wealth of useless information. Well, hopefully sometimes useful. What I’m getting at is I believe everyone likes to read. Really. I’m serious. But the key is to find what your interested in.

When you find a topic that interests you its like the words fly into your brain. Pretty cool. Plus, now I love REAL books, like the kind you can turn pages in. See, technology won’t be the death of us!

So, long story short (sort of) this year I’m committing to read (or listen to—hey, audiobooks!) at least one piece of fiction and an autobiography. I’m thinking something Sinatra-esque? Ya feel me?! So who’s with me?! I’ll keep you posted on my reading list and please suggest some below!

Big Hugs,

Xo Kendall

On my virtual bookshelf:
Fifty Shades (obv)
I Declare – Joel Osteen
Most Talkative – Andy Cohen
Killing Lincoln – Bill O’Reilly
Proof of Heaven – Eben Alexander
Not Your Mother’s Rules – Ellen Fein & Sherrie Schneider
Infinite Possibilities – Mike Dooley
Notes from the Universe – Mike Dooley
Boosypants – Tina Fey
Its Your Move – Nick Savoy
A Short Guide to a Happy Life – Anna Quindlen
The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
Nice is Just a Place in France – The Betches
Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg
The Girl’s Guide to Starting Your own Business – Caitlin Friedman & Kimberly Yorio
What Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast – Laura Vanderkam
To Sell is Human – Daniel H. Pink
Love Italian Style – Melissa Gorga (yes, I read this and it was well worth it)
Healing Grief – James Van Praagh
The Body Book – Cameron Diaz
Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert T. Kiyosaki
Wheat Belly – William Davis
Miracles Now – Gabrielle Bernsten
#GIRLBOSS – Sophia Amoruso